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How to defragment pagefile.sys?

  1. #1


    Oppie Guest

    How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    Vista home basic
    Windows' built-in defragmenter has not been doing too well. Tried running
    Defraggler http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
    This is working much better and gives a graphical window with the progress.
    What I see is that C:\pagefile.sys is hugely fragmented (1.5G and 500
    fragments). This file seems to not to be able to be defragmented. Sort of
    makes sense since it is an important system file.
    Is there a way to get the pagefile to defragment?

    Also tried UltraDefrag http://ultradefrag.sourceforge.net/
    which has a boot mode operation that can be enabled to defrag system files
    before they are locked. This does not seem to be working properly. It does
    not seem to be doing anything with the pagefile (even though it is in the
    explicit file list). Perhaps I have not found the correct command line
    switches yet.

    Both Defraggler and UltraDefrag were recommended by Kim Komando in her
    newsletter www.komando.com

    tia - Oppie


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  2. #2


    db Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    you might try microsoft's
    page defrag utility.

    suppose to work on
    xp and higher.

    however, not sure why
    you have the problem.

    my page file seems to
    be contiguous on it's own.

    perhaps, you are running
    low on disk space?

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    >
    >
    "Oppie" <Oppie@newsgroup> wrote in message news:96AB885E-4399-46E9-8F51-1D15851704D0@newsgroup

    > Vista home basic
    > Windows' built-in defragmenter has not been doing too well. Tried running Defraggler http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
    > This is working much better and gives a graphical window with the progress. What I see is that C:\pagefile.sys is hugely
    > fragmented (1.5G and 500 fragments). This file seems to not to be able to be defragmented. Sort of makes sense since it is an
    > important system file.
    > Is there a way to get the pagefile to defragment?
    >
    > Also tried UltraDefrag http://ultradefrag.sourceforge.net/
    > which has a boot mode operation that can be enabled to defrag system files before they are locked. This does not seem to be
    > working properly. It does not seem to be doing anything with the pagefile (even though it is in the explicit file list). Perhaps I
    > have not found the correct command line switches yet.
    >
    > Both Defraggler and UltraDefrag were recommended by Kim Komando in her newsletter www.komando.com
    >
    > tia - Oppie

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Oppie Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    Where does one find the utility you mentioned?
    As you had surmised, the system ran low on disc space at one time. I took
    care of the problem long ago but the result of my stupidity remains.

    Oppie

    "db" <databaseben at hotmail dot com> wrote in message
    news:CE770D36-6E39-4B32-B4F6-50B0FE187A0C@newsgroup

    > you might try microsoft's
    > page defrag utility.
    >
    > suppose to work on
    > xp and higher.
    >
    > however, not sure why
    > you have the problem.
    >
    > my page file seems to
    > be contiguous on it's own.
    >
    > perhaps, you are running
    > low on disk space?
    >
    > --
    >
    > db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>
    > DatabaseBen, Retired Professional
    > - Systems Analyst
    > - Database Developer
    > - Accountancy
    > - Veteran of the Armed Forces
    > - Microsoft Partner
    > - @hotmail.com
    > ~~~~~~~~~~"share the nirvana" - dbZen
    >

    >>
    >>
    >
    > "Oppie" <Oppie@newsgroup> wrote in message
    > news:96AB885E-4399-46E9-8F51-1D15851704D0@newsgroup

    >> Vista home basic
    >> Windows' built-in defragmenter has not been doing too well. Tried running
    >> Defraggler http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
    >> This is working much better and gives a graphical window with the
    >> progress. What I see is that C:\pagefile.sys is hugely fragmented (1.5G
    >> and 500 fragments). This file seems to not to be able to be defragmented.
    >> Sort of makes sense since it is an important system file.
    >> Is there a way to get the pagefile to defragment?
    >>
    >> Also tried UltraDefrag http://ultradefrag.sourceforge.net/
    >> which has a boot mode operation that can be enabled to defrag system
    >> files before they are locked. This does not seem to be working properly.
    >> It does not seem to be doing anything with the pagefile (even though it
    >> is in the explicit file list). Perhaps I have not found the correct
    >> command line switches yet.
    >>
    >> Both Defraggler and UltraDefrag were recommended by Kim Komando in her
    >> newsletter www.komando.com
    >>
    >> tia - Oppie
    >

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  4. #4


    Leroy Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    You'll need a third-party solution such as PerfectDisk
    (http://www.perfectdisk.com/)which can perform an off-line defrag.
    You can use the trial version free for 30 days.

    Oppie wrote:

    > Vista home basic
    > Windows' built-in defragmenter has not been doing too well. Tried
    > running Defraggler http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
    > This is working much better and gives a graphical window with the
    > progress. What I see is that C:\pagefile.sys is hugely fragmented (1.5G
    > and 500 fragments). This file seems to not to be able to be
    > defragmented. Sort of makes sense since it is an important system file.
    > Is there a way to get the pagefile to defragment?
    >
    > Also tried UltraDefrag http://ultradefrag.sourceforge.net/
    > which has a boot mode operation that can be enabled to defrag system
    > files before they are locked. This does not seem to be working properly.
    > It does not seem to be doing anything with the pagefile (even though it
    > is in the explicit file list). Perhaps I have not found the correct
    > command line switches yet.
    >
    > Both Defraggler and UltraDefrag were recommended by Kim Komando in her
    > newsletter www.komando.com
    >
    > tia - Oppie

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Oppie Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    Found the utility at
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb897426.aspx

    Thanks. Will try this tonight.

    "db" <databaseben at hotmail dot com> wrote in message
    news:CE770D36-6E39-4B32-B4F6-50B0FE187A0C@newsgroup

    > you might try microsoft's
    > page defrag utility.
    >
    > suppose to work on
    > xp and higher.
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    db Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    glad you found the link

    also, download a freeware
    from microsoft called autoruns.

    and under one of the tabs
    there will be a listing of what
    launches at boot time.

    page defrag should be listed
    but the others you may have
    installed should be removed -

    "but only the ones you have
    know of to have installed"
    --

    db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>
    DatabaseBen, Retired Professional
    - Systems Analyst
    - Database Developer
    - Accountancy
    - Veteran of the Armed Forces
    - Microsoft Partner
    - @hotmail.com
    ~~~~~~~~~~"share the nirvana" - dbZen

    >
    >
    "Oppie" <Oppie@newsgroup> wrote in message news:A218569B-735C-49CF-AA7C-1923D7371832@newsgroup

    > Found the utility at
    > http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb897426.aspx
    >
    > Thanks. Will try this tonight.
    >
    > "db" <databaseben at hotmail dot com> wrote in message news:CE770D36-6E39-4B32-B4F6-50B0FE187A0C@newsgroup

    >> you might try microsoft's
    >> page defrag utility.
    >>
    >> suppose to work on
    >> xp and higher.
    >>
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Saucy Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    Could you post back and say how well it worked for you? Thanks.



    "Oppie" <Oppie@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:A218569B-735C-49CF-AA7C-1923D7371832@newsgroup

    > Found the utility at
    > http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb897426.aspx
    >
    > Thanks. Will try this tonight.
    >
    > "db" <databaseben at hotmail dot com> wrote in message
    > news:CE770D36-6E39-4B32-B4F6-50B0FE187A0C@newsgroup

    >> you might try microsoft's
    >> page defrag utility.
    >>
    >> suppose to work on
    >> xp and higher.
    >>
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Oppie Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    "Saucy" <saucylemon@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:O2ru$9LsKHA.3408@newsgroup

    > Could you post back and say how well it worked for you? Thanks.
    >
    Will do. After all, that's the greatness of the cloud. There's no ME in
    [Vista] newsgroups.


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  9. #9


    Oppie Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    Ran this utility last night and got questionable results.

    1) on xp pro, I got a nice display of all the fragmented files that the
    utility would address. With Vista sp1 (home basic), the list of fragmented
    files was empty.
    2) on the vista machine: clicked on the defragment on reboot. Rebooted the
    machine and it did indeed go through some process upon reboot. The results
    screen was too brief to read and appears to leave no log file. I think that
    it reported 1 fragment each in all the sections it addressed.
    3) re-ran the utility and file list still will not display (same as 1).
    4) run Defraggler (defraggler.com). Shows over 500 fragments in
    pagefile.sys.

    At this point, I'm taking a step back. Run chkdsk from right click on C:
    icon/tools. both option check boxes set. Still running at this point (and
    wife's ticked off that I am denying her the computer...). When this
    completes. Will try the Vista defragmenter in command line mode.
    Ref: http://www.winvistaclub.com/f19.html

    I may yet have to delete some DVD images from the drive to make more free
    space to work with. Will post results as they evolve.
    Oppie

    "Oppie" <Oppie@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:A218569B-735C-49CF-AA7C-1923D7371832@newsgroup

    > Found the utility at
    > http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb897426.aspx
    >
    > Thanks. Will try this tonight.
    >
    > "db" <databaseben at hotmail dot com> wrote in message
    > news:CE770D36-6E39-4B32-B4F6-50B0FE187A0C@newsgroup

    >> you might try microsoft's
    >> page defrag utility.
    >>
    >> suppose to work on
    >> xp and higher.
    >>
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    db Guest

    Re: How to defragment pagefile.sys?

    well there is a trick
    that might help if you
    have a second partition
    like a d drive.

    what you can do is to
    move the pagefile over
    to the d drive.

    then defrag your c drive.

    then move the pagefile
    back to the c drive.

    when it moves back it
    will be contiguous.

    however, you may simply
    want to forego fiddling
    around with the pagefile.

    the rationale is that though
    the pagefile may be reported
    as fragmented,

    you will only use a tiny
    percentage of the total
    pagefile.

    most of the work is done
    inside the ram and will
    only use pagefile if it
    needs to.

    --

    db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>
    DatabaseBen, Retired Professional
    - Systems Analyst
    - Database Developer
    - Accountancy
    - Veteran of the Armed Forces
    - Microsoft Partner
    - @hotmail.com
    ~~~~~~~~~~"share the nirvana" - dbZen

    >
    >
    "Oppie" <Oppie@newsgroup> wrote in message news:82D8A75C-C76A-431B-A106-E77F6714661F@newsgroup

    > Ran this utility last night and got questionable results.
    >
    > 1) on xp pro, I got a nice display of all the fragmented files that the utility would address. With Vista sp1 (home basic), the
    > list of fragmented files was empty.
    > 2) on the vista machine: clicked on the defragment on reboot. Rebooted the machine and it did indeed go through some process upon
    > reboot. The results screen was too brief to read and appears to leave no log file. I think that it reported 1 fragment each in all
    > the sections it addressed.
    > 3) re-ran the utility and file list still will not display (same as 1).
    > 4) run Defraggler (defraggler.com). Shows over 500 fragments in pagefile.sys.
    >
    > At this point, I'm taking a step back. Run chkdsk from right click on C: icon/tools. both option check boxes set. Still running at
    > this point (and wife's ticked off that I am denying her the computer...). When this completes. Will try the Vista defragmenter in
    > command line mode.
    > Ref: http://www.winvistaclub.com/f19.html
    >
    > I may yet have to delete some DVD images from the drive to make more free space to work with. Will post results as they evolve.
    > Oppie
    >
    > "Oppie" <Oppie@newsgroup> wrote in message news:A218569B-735C-49CF-AA7C-1923D7371832@newsgroup

    >> Found the utility at
    >> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb897426.aspx
    >>
    >> Thanks. Will try this tonight.
    >>
    >> "db" <databaseben at hotmail dot com> wrote in message news:CE770D36-6E39-4B32-B4F6-50B0FE187A0C@newsgroup

    >>> you might try microsoft's
    >>> page defrag utility.
    >>>
    >>> suppose to work on
    >>> xp and higher.
    >>>
    >>
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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